The Ming Wing is renovated (again)
By the twenty-first century, a makeover of the iconic ‘60s era Menzies Building was well overdue. In 1973-75 a South Wing was added to provide much needed office and teaching space in the overcrowded Humanities Building. However the new wing obscured the south-side view of the foyers, moved the entrance to the building, and – most crucially – did not allow for additional elevators, resulting in greater congestion in the crowded tower.
The clunky, failing escalators, which had become as iconic as the building’s long, tall exterior, were removed and new lifts were built. The foyer was redesigned and a café installed on the ground floor. The renovation aimed to overcome some of the Ming Wing’s biggest obstacles: traffic jams in the corridors and on the escalators every hour, better designed teaching spaces and the lack of open space in the centre of the building.